Miata ‘spring’ test

Miata ‘spring’ test

Someone seeing me on a mid-February morning in a little Mazda Miata scooting through the 6-inch-deep snow asked, “Why would you be out in that, with four-wheel-drives sitting at your house?” Well, the deep snow was out there, as was…

Outback carries Subaru into 50th celebration

Outback carries Subaru into 50th celebration

Jim Colwell and I, in the 2018 Subaru Outback Touring wagon, made the climb up to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) above Boulder for lunch on a Wednesday morning. Subaru this year is observing its 50th anniversary in…

Audi allroad wagon grips snow reputation

Audi allroad wagon grips snow reputation

Not everyone concerned with winter-weather driving in Colorado purchases SUVs or crossovers. It seems that way, yet there are other choices. A gem of a product falling between the multitude of SUVs and the front-drive or rear-drive sedans is the…

Colorado sales hit record in ‘17

Colorado sales hit record in ‘17

Toyota, Subaru, Volkswagen, Ford, Nissan, Jeep and Honda were biggest gainers in new car and light truck registrations in Colorado in 2017, compared with the previous year. Figures compiled by Experian Automotive for the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA)) showed…

Challenger, Camaro, Mustang still at it

Challenger, Camaro, Mustang still at it

Warmed up after an ice-driving event near Winter Park a few days earlier, two spirited sport-model autos were sent my way – the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti all-wheel-drive sedan and the 2018 Dodge Challenger GT all-wheel-drive coupe.   Shod…

Fisher adds Acura in Boulder

Fisher adds Acura in Boulder

In its 50th year of operation in Boulder, Fisher Auto has acquired the Acura luxury line of automobiles to go with its longtime Honda franchise. To make room for the pairing of Acura and Honda, Fisher has returned its Kia…

New turbos, shifter for GMC Terrain

New turbos, shifter for GMC Terrain

I’m a push-button shifter from way back; crawling into the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali cabin for the first time, though, I had to take a second look to determine there were shift controls. The Terrain’s new electronic precision shifter consists…

Kia plug-in pushes hybrid count

Kia plug-in pushes hybrid count

With 15 miles of electric charge in the battery pack, Jan and I on a recent cold evening guided the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid 55 miles “round the block.” The big block was from Greeley west to Loveland, north…

Long wait ends for R-type Honda

Long wait ends for R-type Honda

Of the many persons attracted by the flash of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring, some weren’t sure even of its make, let alone its model identity. That’s understandable, for this is the first year it’s been imported to…

F-series, Camry continue sales domination

F-series, Camry continue sales domination

Blame it on lack of performance from its 132-horsepower engine and CVT transmission that the Toyota Corolla dropped almost 50,000 sales the past year, yet the good-looking compact remains the third-best-selling sedan in the country. Toyota’s midsize model, the Camry,…